ELIANT stands for people who want to live in a Europe that is culturally diverse with freedom of choice:

in questions of education, the economy, social reform, organic agriculture, and complementary and integrative medicine.

Education and social therapy for a fulfilling life in society for people with special needs

People with handicaps who require special support enjoy the same rights around the world, but suitable conditions for inclusion and integration are still often lacking. ELIANT works to ensure that time-tested institutions, villages and workshops can remain viable and also find recognition as possible models of integration.

There is a wide range of provisions available to children with special needs within anthroposophic education: early advice and diagnosis, special kindergartens, inclusive programmes, schools and group homes. Many opportunities are also offered to adults, ranging from workshops to village communities where life, work, cultural activities and social interaction are integrated. Over 350 institutions around the world currently work in this way, augmented by special schools, remedial classes and inclusion processes.

Whoever visits a school, day centre, or residential community in, say, Ireland, Sweden or Italy will be immediately impressed by the aesthetic way of life and the beauty of the natural materials, colours and shapes often used. Daily life there encompasses more than living in a community, going to school and receiving therapy. Musical activities, stage performances and the celebration of festivals all create a stimulating environment that also provides a sense of having a spiritual home.

Bibliography

Marga Hogenboom and Bob Woodward: Autism. A Holistic Approach, 3rd Edition, Floris Books 2013
Robin Jackson: Discovering Camphill. New Perspectives, Research, and Developments. Floris Books 2011
Robin Jackson: Holistic Special Education. Camphill Principles and Practice. Floris Books 2006
Karl König: Being Human. Diagnosis in Curative Education. Steiner Books 2010
Karl König, Peter Selg (ed.): The Child with Special Needs. Letters and Essays on Curative Education. Floris Books 2009
Karl König: Seeds for Social Renewal. The Camphill Village Conferences. Floris Books 2009
Carlo Pietzner: Questions of Destiny. Mental Retardation and Curative Education. Steiner Books 1988
Siegfried Rudel: By the Light of the Lanthorn. Working with People with Special Needs. Temple Lodge Press 2011
Ingrid Ruhrmann (ed.): Autism Spectrum. Understanding and Practical Know-How. Bernard Lievegoed Institut, Medical Section at the Goetheanum 2015
Rudolf Steiner: The Child's Changing Consciousness as the Basis of Pedagogical Practice. Steiner Books 1996
Rudolf Steiner: Education for Special Needs. The Curative Education Course. Rudolf Steiner Press 2014

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